Your home’s exterior is the first thing your neighbors, guests, and potential home buyers (if you’re in the market) will see, so of course, you want to make it as beautiful as possible. While boosting your curb appeal can sound daunting, small changes can actually make the biggest impact. Read on below for inspiration for improving your curb appeal!
1. Start With Paint
While it may sound obvious, a fresh coat of paint is the quickest way to brighten and freshen your home’s exterior. Whether you select a creamy white or a darker and moody color, the painting will have a 60 to 100 percent return on investment. Keep in mind that if you’re part of an HOA, you will need to get your new paint color approved. However, even if you can’t change your home’s color, a fresh application of the same color can still go a long way in improving your curb appeal.
2. Maintain Your Landscaping
While some homes may require a large landscaping overhaul, most homes will benefit from fresh mulch, a few new plants, and tree trimming. Allowing your landscaping to become overgrown can make your home look deserted and uninviting. Instead, keep up with regular yard maintenance and periodically add to it to create a lush landscape. Don’t only focus on your front yard either, your backyard needs just as much attention to improve your home’s overall curb appeal.
3. Add a Pergola
Make sure your home stands out from the crowd with the addition of a beautiful and functional pergola. Adding a pergola will not only boost your curb appeal with their intricate designs and rich colors, but they also offer shade and help create the feeling of extended living space. Homeowners frequently choose to add pergolas over their decks or patios, above their outdoor kitchens, or right next to their home to cover the exterior doors. However, no matter where you decide to install your pergola, you can rest assured that your backyard will become the perfect place to entertain family and friends.
4. Focus on Your Front Door
They say your front door sets the whole tone for your home’s exterior, so don’t overlook it in your curb appeal improvements. If you don’t want to replace the entire door, consider painting or staining it or add a small section of windows to modernize its look. While the approach for every home will be different, take a look around your neighborhood to get inspiration from similar homes.
5. Install a Fence
A secure and private home is an attractive home, which is why adding a fence is a no-brainer for improving your home’s curb appeal. A fence will keep your pets and children safe and discourage trespassers from invading your space. Besides the security and privacy benefits, a fence provides an opportunity to add rich, contrasting colors to the greenery in your backyard which will give your yard a more complete feel.
While there are dozens of ways – both small and large – to improve your home’s curb appeal, there are some projects that are better left to the professionals. If you’re interested in adding a pergola or fence to your home in the Austin area, look no further than the Austex team. We look forward to hearing about your project!